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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Saturday June 9, 2012
Weather has been excellent this week, and we even managed to get a little rain to keep the flowers and trees in a state of green. Canada Geese have been molting for the past ten days, which means that they are losing their feathers for the season. Many of them cannot fly for this reason, which is just as well for those with families, since the goslings can’t fly, either. I have seen several of them crossing Lakeview Rd. on foot, which is a very busy major artery. Motorists always stop and allow the geese passage, which pleases me greatly. It tells me that the citizens of Stillwater appreciate their wildlife.
The Common Yellowthroat was located in a tree belting out beautiful songs, and manages to blend in so well in these 60 foot trees in the park, even if the trees are on the outskirts of the forest. These very common warblers hide in whatever vegetation they can. They are easy to identify, due to the black mask on the male, as most warblers are not easy to tell apart.
Common Yellowthroat's Song
Here is a fledgling Baltimore Oriole that hasn’t been out of the nest long. See the tufts of down on its head? To me, it looks like a little old man desperately in need of a haircut. Babies are remarkable, as they have no fear of anything in their innocent little hearts, but don’t be concerned, as the parents teach them right. Before long, this little one will have the knowledge to constantly watch itself and be on the lookout for potential predators.
I was out both in the morning and late afternoon on Thursday. The afternoon gifted me with some of these gorgeous little Scissor-Tailed Flycatchers. The parents were training them in proper flight maneuvers, but that didn’t deter any of them stopping, in hopes that I would provide a tasty morsel. I had been calling a particular large tree the Flycatcher Tree, as I had been hearing a lot of activity in and around it for the past several weeks. Today definitely proved me correct.
However, I have been unable to get shots of any little Northern Mockingbirds as of yet. Mockingbird Tree has also been very active, as well as very secretive. Many other birds have been driven away from it, so I know for a fact that there are young ones within its protective branches. Wish me luck, as I will certainly keep a watch on it.
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The youthful Canada Geese are feeling their oats and are trying to behave like their parents more and more every day. These shots will show you that they are a little gangly and inexperienced a bit on how to handle their wings, but they’re still on a learning curve and doing their best. By the time that autumn rolls around, they will be young adults and fit a little better into their skin, so to speak. It’s basically just a matter of time before the circle of life will roll around again.
So, my friends, there you have it for now. This is a time of a lot of changes, and they are high stress for the birds and animals. If you are able to do so, it would be a good time to provide a little food, water, and shelter for both the parents and the young ones. Families must be especially careful now with predators, as the fledglings don’t quite understand these important things yet. They still think that other animals are not to be feared, everything to them is just a matter of being fed.
Until next time, keep your head to the clouds and your eyes to the ground. Happy birding!